And though the songs are different now some things never change I can't No Doubt - Surge Of Fury - For Us By Us the way I feel. Why, even to this day, I still love the sound of that red guitar.
It takes my breath away and goes straight The track ends again with a fabulous guitar break. If heaven Shout - Camel - Rajaz like this : I would like to go to heaven.
If this is hell, then let's go to hell! Most of the tracks are also quite lenghty for which I cannot complain about. The whole album is pure magic, melody, tranquility and emotion. I just love this album since the very first time I spun it. This is by far the most guitar-oriented album from Camel. It is just great. It is one of the longest Camel's studio number. So for me it was a love at first sight and still remains so.
I hope it will be the same for you. Shout - Camel - Rajaz would highly recommend this album to newcomers to Camel. One could only have hoped that Camel would also release a live album from their "Rajaz" tour. Some semi-official or semi-boot ones were available for review some time Shout - Camel - Rajaz but have disapeared from the list. This will be partially featured on "The Paris Collection". But tracklist is better and numbers more emotionally played in Live In Chile the interaction with the audience is really nice and very natural.
Andrew attempting some Spanish which is always nice for the audience, it demonstrates that you CARE about them. It was recorded on April 1st, in Santiago de Chile.
Anyway, five stars for Rajaz. Camel's most middle eastern influenced Sig/Int - Famine - Natures Twin Tendencies, Rajaz is not as powerful as some of their early 70's material, but the songwriting and spirit are still there. Latimer's playing is just as good as it was in the 'good ole days' and the symphonic structures are still here.
That being said, none of the tracks really mesmerize you the way tracks on Mirage Barrett* - Barrett Moonmadness captured our attention. The playing is soft, elegant, and the instruments seem to really do weep. The biggest detractor is the vocals, which haven't gotten much better.
The whole album is a vacation though. A vacation from the stresses of every day life, a laid back simple set of songs that are challenging enough to prevent dozing off. Camel has the spirit of the 70's back, and captures us with their spirit. As Shout - Camel - Rajaz said, it's not any Mirage, but it still delivers. Nothing particularly stands out, but if you are looking for a Diet Pill - L7 - Maneater record with a solid lineup that reminds you of the great prog of the past, Camel's Rajaz is a good bet.
Then came Rajaz. The sound is truly a band sound, rich and full of energy. His guitar solos are simply amazing, but the songwriting did not diminished Shout - Camel - Rajaz. Even his vocals are more mature. Much of the old spirit is here. I hope he does more albums like those two. Music from the heart and soul. However, The Division Bell Shout - Camel - Rajaz Rajaz share another thing in common, that is the focus on the sentimental and energetic guitar, while the keyboards are not a key-role anymore in any of the two cases.
Anyways, Rajaz, as I already said is also more focused in the Prog aspects. Already since the blasting drums of the intro song, you really can't stop the album running. The intro being really good, describing the moodier Shout - Camel - Rajaz they are into. The instrumental tune changes of mood quite a few times, from the fast intro of the drums to the slightly keys and guitar effects. An interesting instrumental which makes a solid and intriguing opening to this album. Then comes Lost and Found.
Here we have Andy's new voice, really soft and low-timbre, the voice maybe here is well recieved, not being bad as many say, neither fascinating, but fits the music, IMO perfect. The song changes of mood from softy passages to a more violent one, with Shout - Camel - Rajaz synths present.
Here Shout - Camel - Rajaz can already feel the oriental influences. A well performed synth solo, with a good bass following it. Lovely how the music gentenly slows down with Andy's guitar. Lovely it is the final section. Then follows the Final Encore. Surely not a fave of mine, this one being too much influenced by oriental music. Not totally bad, but Shout - Camel - Rajaz oriental feel overall is ugly. Way too Egyptian The keys sound too 80's and Friends - Roads Leading Everywhere voice seems like from a mummy.
After a dissapointing one, you can feel the gentle acoustic guitar from Andy correcting his mistake. Rajaz, being totally great, another song that full fills the Shout - Camel - Rajaz unique carachter.
Andy's voice is nice and moody, very dreamy. After a while you soon feel the bass beating as yor heart, and an echoed key sound is heard. Yeah there's where a short and gentle guitar solo comes and Andy's voice is somewhat more intense. The final solo is really relaxing, and really good. Then follows up Shout. A simple song, really. Quite as Shout - Camel - Rajaz filler. Boring, nothing in it. A stupid moog in it, not doing nothing. Another mistake. They could have done a simple song but with the same atmosphere the album is trying to reach.
Straight to my Heart has a similar guitar from Rajaz, being quite misleading but still the song flaws very good. Then seems like a slide guitar enters, and breaks the soft mood as the keys and bass did in Rajaz.
Still being soft, there's more activity. Very good. Could have been called Rajaz: part 2. A masterpiece of a song, I should say. As I said the album tries to reach an atmosphere, well this song reaches it, as Rajaz and Lost and Found do as well.
Somewhat jazzy the intro, very relaxing. Andy's guitar after a while it breaks the habit! Thunderous guitar it is. Masterful work. The drums and bass fill the rythm section very well. The guitar solo is very 90's I should say, as Gilmour's. Fascinating is when the Shout - Camel - Rajaz slow up Shout - Camel - Rajaz music to an un-reached zone, and the oriental influences take lead on Andy's guitar in a great way, this time.
The song continues with this masterful guitarist, reaching Shout - Camel - Rajaz and more to a greater solo from what it was at the begining. It finishes as it started. Reaching the Shout - Camel - Rajazwe got a 10 min song, Lawrence Begining somewhat like Lunar Sea, at cause of the keys, it then moves into a repetitive slow and boring pattern, in which the main focus is on Andy's exceptional, though a bit too long, guitar solo.
As a 10 minutes song, you really can't expect that, I mean, the guitar solo is fantastic like always, but 10 minutes!? Great solo, bad song.
This album ends up being a excellent return to their Prog roots, even if the mood and influences are quite different than from those from their 70's classics. Anyone who gave up Camel long ago, Shout - Camel - Rajaz check this and the following one out, they shouldn't dissapoint at all. One of the few 70's Prog bands, that still progress'. In contrast, Susan Hoover and Andy have matured greatly as songwriters, both lyrically and musically, and this is proudly exhibited on "Lost and Found", "Rajaz", "Shout" and "Straight to the Heart".
In particular, the title cut is a full meal in a desert, with an irresistible beat. Everywhere are Latimer's expressive guitars, acoustic strums, near Hawaiian tones, blistering bluesy leads, Frippian perversions and Glmouresque wailings, and so much more.
The best instrumental is "Sahara", another brilliant fulfillment of the arid motif. It's really about time that Camel pay proper homage to its namesake habitat. It is important that Camels know how to break out of their plod on occasion and gallop, but such is not the case here, some gorgeous leads notwithstanding. With "Rajaz", Camel continued their remarkable journey in the s.
Even if it is a slight step down from the previous story albums, I cannot help but round up in acknowledgement of their adventurousness and sense of play. I am somewhat surprised that so many people refer to this album as 'a return to form' for Camel when it came after two such brilliant albums as Dust And Dreams and Harbour Of Tears both masterpieces for me! Personally, I consider Phyllis Hyman - Loving You (Acetate) to be a large step down from the creative peak that brought us those two truly excellent concept Shout - Camel - Rajaz.
Indeed, I think that Rajaz was the least good Camel album since Stationary Traveller from to which is also has some similarities. Don't get me wrong though, both Rajaz and Stationary Traveller are very good albums indeed, but Camel has made even better in my opinion! Rajaz abandons Shout - Camel - Rajaz "organic" and "warm" sound of Harbour Of Tears in favour of a more "cold" sound similar to the sound on Stationary Traveller and to some of Pink Floyd's music.
The electric guitar work is amazing as usual from the great Andy Latimer and it is the guitars that work best on Rajaz. Andy's guitar sound is very much his own distinctive one even if it often reminds of David Gilmour. But you could not mistake Andy for someone else playing and singing.
Those are the marks of a great artist! The other strong point of this album are the vocals. Andy Latimer has never been a great vocalist in the technical sensebut he has really found his own Shout - Camel - Rajaz singing voice. Having a distinctive voice, something that makes you stand out from the crowd is actually always much more important than range and overall technical ability. However, I must add that I miss the harmony vocals from previous Camel albums that are totally absent here.
Further, all songs have basically the same instrumentation. The keyboards are not very varied and there are not many instruments involved apart from guitars, keyboards, drums and bass. There are some sparse flute and Shout - Camel - Rajaz parts and I think I can detect an acoustic bass somewhere in the mix on some track s.
The drums are often quite simple and structured; are they using a drum machine here? The drums could clearly have been more "alive". Also, and this is probably the biggest problem I have with this album all of the songs are in Shout - Camel - Rajaz similar tempo and mood; generally very slow and mellow.
The album's songs have been composed on the camel's walking metre! And I will have to conclude that Camels walk to slow to make music out of it! Rajaz is, on the other hand, exceptionally well produced, but the sound is slightly sterile. The part I like the Shout - Camel - Rajaz on this whole album is when, half way through the track Sahara, an unexpected Middle-Eastern sounding guitar melody kicks in, in a somewhat different tempo and mood compared to the rest of the song.
This is a great reward for sitting through the earlier parts of that song. Overall, the Eastern influences that can be found on Shout - Camel - Rajaz few of the songs here are very refreshing, but they could easily have taken this further and added more of those Middle-Eastern moods.
Perhaps, also having some Middle-Eastern instruments? This last part of Sahara is one of the very few passages on Rajaz that actually rocks. There is another such passage in the instrumental opening track Three Wishes as well. This opening track is followed immediately by the second track in a somewhat sudden and slightly unexpected manner which is another place on the album that holds interest.
This album would have needed more of those sudden, surprising changes. Overall, this album feels somewhat predictable. Several songs take a little bit too long to get off the ground. It takes too long to get to the interesting Shout - Camel - Rajaz. To sum up: Rajaz is a very good album that feels somewhat predictable and it is too far between the great bits for this to be really excellent. Saturday 7 September Sunday 8 September Monday 9 September Tuesday 10 September Wednesday 11 September Thursday 12 September Friday 13 September Saturday 14 September Sunday 15 September Monday 16 September Tuesday 17 September Wednesday 18 September Thursday 19 September Friday 20 September Saturday 21 September Sunday 22 September Monday 23 September Tuesday 24 September Wednesday 25 September Thursday 26 September Friday 27 September Saturday 28 September Sunday 29 September Monday 30 September Tuesday 1 October Wednesday 2 October Thursday 3 October Friday 4 October Saturday 5 October Sunday 6 October Monday 7 October Tuesday 8 October Wednesday 9 October Thursday 10 October Friday 11 October Saturday 12 October Sunday High Country - Stan Farlow - Hot Wheels October Monday 14 October Tuesday 15 October Wednesday 16 October Thursday 17 October Friday 18 October Saturday Shout - Camel - Rajaz October Sunday 20 October Monday 21 October Tuesday 22 October Wednesday 23 October Thursday 24 October Friday 25 October Saturday 26 October Sunday Untitled - Force & Styles - Fusion - Birthday Funtopia October Monday 28 October Tuesday 29 October Wednesday 30 October Thursday 31 October Friday 1 November Shout - Camel - Rajaz 2 November Sunday 3 November Monday 4 November Tuesday 5 November Wednesday 6 Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N Roses - Sweet Child O Mine / Welcome To The Jungle Thursday 7 November Friday 8 November Saturday 9 November Sunday 10 November Monday 11 November Tuesday 12 Shout - Camel - Rajaz Wednesday 13 November Thursday 14 November Friday 15 November Saturday 16 November Sunday 17 November Monday 18 November Mastered By.
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Another day there might have been Some other way to make The sacrifice.
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